MSc Medicines Optimisation

The MSc Medicines Optimisation is an innovative postgraduate distance-learning programme. Learn how to contribute effectively to medicines management services and to individual drug therapy decisions.

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Introduction

 

Overview

Learn how Medicines Optimisation is used to determine how medicines are used by patients and the NHS. Effective medicines optimisation places the patient as the primary focus of interventions by healthcare professionals and is a key driver for NHS modernisation in the UK. Become proficient in planning clinical and cost-effective medicines use in the context of the holistic consideration of patient needs.

One pathway to the MSc includes the chance for you to qualify as an independent/supplementary prescriber. Have a look at the Independent / Supplementary Prescribing programme for more details. 

Teaching

The programme comprises a series of 5 and 10 credit compulsory and optional modules which are accessible via an online learning platform.

Modules delivered and taught online

  • Pre-recorded study sessions
  • Quizzes
  • Resources for self-study
  • Practice assessments
  • Written guidance

Modules delivered online with downloadable study material

  • Resources for self-study
  • Case studies
  • Suggestions for activities that link the learning directly with practice
  • Text

Assessment

  • Case study analysis
  • Critical appraisal of the literature
  • Written assignments which include short essays
  • Development of service specifications
  • Narratives linking evidence with practice

Research Project

The research project completes the final 60 credits of the programme. and will be related to your practice. It will include a thesis, an abstract and a poster presentation.

Careers

The programme is tailored to NHS medicines management services. There is an emphasis on clinical and cost-effective medicines use in the context of the holistic consideration of patient needs. One pathway to the MSc includes the chance for you to qualify as an independent/supplementary prescriber. There are many opportunities within medicines optimisation services for healthcare professionals with an additional qualification.

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Vignettes

Click on the links below to sample the introductions to two of our 10-credit compulsory courses.

Medicines Management in Practice

Medication Review in Practice

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Preparing for Prescribing (P4P)

NEW! Are you planning to apply for the Independent / Supplementary Prescribing programme? Take our CPD short courses to prepare you for this demanding programme of study. Choose from Pharmacology (eCourse) and Numeracy (eCourse).

Clinical Consultation, Assessment and Diagnosis

This new 20 credit module is part of the Medway School of Pharmacy (MSoP) suite of short courses and EITHER helps prepare you for the independent/supplementary prescribing programme OR can be taken once you have completed their IP qualification.

For more information go to the Clinical Consultation, Assessment and Diagnosis page.

 

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